The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a philanthropic private foundation headquartered in Troy, Michigan, United States.[1] The foundation works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development efforts.[2]

The Kresge Foundation
FounderSebastian Kresge
FocusArts & Culture, Detroit, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services, American Cities
MethodGrants, Social Investments
Key people
Rip Rapson
Endowment$3.6 billion

In 2013, the foundation's Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million; $128 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. Kresge's Social Investment Practice made another $17.7 million available to organizations whose efforts support foundation goals through program-related investments.[3]

Kresge has practiced strategic philanthropy since completing a historic transition that began in 2007. Long known for its exclusive use of the challenge grant to help local communities raise funds for major construction and renovation projects, it now employs an array of funding methods to address and advance a set of narrowly defined programmatic objectives. It awards grants and makes program-related investments. Some grants are awarded for a single year; others are for multiple years. Some of its programs accept applications on an ongoing basis. Others proactively invite or solicit applications.

In January 2013, the foundation pledged $150 million to aid in the implementation of a long-ranging, comprehensive framework for Detroit's future, also known as The Detroit Future City plan.[4]

Since July 1, 2006, the foundation has been led by Rip Rapson, formerly of the McKnight Foundation. He succeeded John Marshall III as president and CEO.

The Foundation's beginnings

In 1924, with an initial gift of $1.6 million, Sebastian Kresge established The Kresge Foundation in Detroit. Twelve years earlier, he and partner John G. McCrory opened the first 5-and-10-cent store, and parlayed the concept and operations into a chain of stores that were incorporated as the S.S. Kresge Company. Many years later the enterprise became known as Kmart. The foundation and the stores are not affiliated.

See also


  1. "Contact Us". The Kresge Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. "Programs". The Kresge Foundation. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  3. "2012 Annual Report". The Kresge Foundation. 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  4. Sands, David (9 January 2013). "Kresge Foundation Pledges $150 Million To Implement Detroit Future City Framework". HuffPost. Retrieved 20 March 2013.

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